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Richard Corcoran: Federal government needs to act now; mosquito season is here

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As we celebrated Mother’s Day with our families this weekend, I could not help but think of all the moms in the U.S., and all over the world, who have been affected by Zika in the last year. As a father of six, I know that all children bring challenges.  But a child born with microcephaly will present his or her parents with unique struggles. As we enter into the warm summer months, the threat of another outbreak is looming. That…

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After Zika, critical to monitor babies’ health — but how long?

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More federal money finally is available to fight the Zika virus even as the news worsens: Babies who at first seem to have escaped its devastating hallmark defect — an abnormally small head at birth — might not be out of the woods after all. Brazilian doctors have counted a small number of babies who at birth had a normal-sized head and only later were found to have problems. They have delayed neurodevelopment. At five months, one could use one hand but…

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Still more Miami-Dade mosquitoes test positive for Zika

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Yet another batch of mosquitoes in Miami Beach has tested positive for the Zika virus. The results were in the same location “where five other samples had previously tested positive,” the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced Saturday. The latest positive sample of Aedes aeqypti mosquitoes was from a trap located on West 49th Street in Miami Beach, according to a news release. The county’s Mosquito Control team “will continue to conduct inspections to reduce mosquito breeding and perform spray treatments as…

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Florida records birth of first baby with Zika-related birth defects

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The first case of microcephaly, a birth defect in which babies are born with abnormally small heads and incomplete brain development, has surfaced in Florida. The defect is caused by the Zika virus, which was contracted by the mother while in her native Haiti, authorities said. Officials with the Florida Department of Health confirmed the case Tuesday morning. The newborn’s mother came to Florida to deliver her baby, officials said. The department is working with the family to get the…

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Patrick Murphy introduces bill to provide resources to local governments to fight the spread of Zika

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Jupiter Democratic Representative and U.S. Senate hopeful Patrick Murphy has introduced the Strengthening Mosquito Abatement for Safety and Health (SMASH) Act that would provide resources to state and local governments to help fight the spread of the Zika virus. The bill reauthorizes a lapsed 2003 mosquito-control program and provides $130 million each year for mosquito surveillance efforts. It also reauthorizes epidemiology laboratory capacity grants to support the work of state and local health departments to treat infections diseases like Zika. The bill…

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Vern Buchanan calls for action on Zika funding

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U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan, a Sarasota Republican, said Friday Congress should make it a top priority to fund efforts to control the Zika virus when it returns to Washington next week after a week-long recess. Buchanan, the first Republican in the U.S. House to support the President’s $1.9 billion plan to confront the disease, said, “every day brings more bad news about the potential impact of the mosquito-borne virus.” A child with Zika-related microcephaly was born on the U.S. mainland…

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